Colorado on alert for more spills in flooded oilfields
A rock slide partially blocks a closed canyon road, which links Boulder with the mountain town of Nederland, and which is damaged in places by recent flooding, up Boulder Canyon, west of Boulder, Colo., Friday Sept. 20, 2013. With snow already dusting Colorados highest peaks, the state is scrambling to replace key mountain highways washed away by flooding. More than 200 miles of state highways and at least 50 bridges were damaged or destroyed, not counting many more county roads. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Four new spills have been discovered in flooded Colorado oilfields, but high waters are keeping crews from starting cleanup operations.
The spills found Friday include 2,400 gallons from a toppled storage tank and almost 900 gallons from an unspecified source.
Oil spilled from two other damaged tanks, but authorities did not know how much.
Most of the spills have come from tanks operated by Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Co.
Other companies might have suffered similar problems since flooding began last week, but they haven’t been able to assess their damage because of the flooding.
The number of people unaccounted for dropped to about 80. The death toll remained at seven, with three other people missing and presumed dead.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $8 million in aid for homeowners.